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Sisterhood, By Anita Louise Hummel, All Are Alike Unto God (2021)

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As I travel around the world, I have discovered there are so many amazing people in the world, especially many amazing women. This painting, Sisterhood is in honor of these amazing women.

Sisterhood by Anita Louise Hummel is a three-panel work of art that symbolizes that even if women worldwide speak different languages, have different skin colors – we are all sisters in Christ. The theme of togetherness or Sisterhood runs through this entire work of art.

The painting is inspired by Vietnamese lacquerware and is an oil painting with gold leafing

3 Panels of Artwork with women from different cultures
Sisterhood, by Anita Louise Hummel

The Inspiration – Sisterhood By Anita Louise Hummel

Sisterhood, by Anita Louise Hummel, was painted for the 2021 Art Competition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the theme of the competition is “All Are Alike Unto God” and based on a verse from the Book of Mormon that states:

“[The Lord] doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.”

2 Nephi 26:3

The inspiration for this painting came from meeting so many amazing women from so many different cultures and places. We may all speak different languages, wear different clothing, even have different skin colors, but we are all joined together hand-in-hand, and We All Are Like Unto God. The theme of Sisterhood or togetherness is the theme that runs through this artwork.

I chose to paint the artwork with separate panels to show that even though oceans or continents may separate us, we can still all join together as one. The three panels represent our separation yet our ability to come together as one, just like the three panels come together as one piece of art.

This sense of togetherness is further emphasized by the women having their arms interlocking or around each other. It symbolizes love for everyone and truly being sisters in Christ.

This artwork also has 3 distinct panels, as follows:

  • Indian and African Women – This first panel has women representing India and Africa; the woman from India represents women in South Asia and the Middle East. You will also notice that the theme that runs through their clothing is small dots.
  • Asia and America Women- The other panel has women representing Asia and the Americas, including South and Central America. The Vietnamese woman, who represents Asia, is wearing a Conical hat; many Vietnamese women wear these hats in Vietnam. The theme that runs through their clothing all kinds of lines.
  • Europe and Polynesia Women – The final panel is women that represent Europe and Polynesia and the Pacific. The Swedish woman, who represents Europe, is dressed in a traditional Swedish costume. You will notice that both of these women have flowers on their clothes and in their hair.

I choose both Sweden and Vietnam for this artwork as I now live in Hanoi, Vietnam. My mother was born and raised in Stockholm. Sweden; the Swedish girl’s costume is a traditional Swedish costume for many traditional Swedish events or holiday celebrations.

Here is some different artistic genre that influenced this painting, Sisterhood, by Anita Louise Hummel:

  • Vietnamese Lacquerware – I love gold and silver leaf on Vietnamese lacquerware; for my company Mondoro, we manufacture a lot of Vietnamese lacquerware. This is why the background of the painting uses the same gold leafing technique that we use on Vietnamese lacquerware, and the entire painting has a feel of traditional Vietnamese lacquerware.
  • Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Prints – I love the era in the Japanese art of the Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints. These women are outlined with a black line, similar to many Japanese Ukiyo-e artists who used black lines. My lines are thicker than many of them would have used, but the effect is similar to what many Japanese woodblock artists would have used.
  • Primitive Art – I call this art primitive art, which is a phrase that is loosely used today to describe art that has some imperfections. Those imperfections are there as we are not perfect people. Life is not perfect, but it does not make us less in the eyes of God.
3 Panels of Artwork with women from different cultures
Sisterhood, by Anita Louise Hummel

About The Painting – Sisterhood By Anita Louise Hummel

Sisterhood by Anita Louise Hummel is a painting that emphasizes how we are all one or alike unto God. The painting reemphasizes this in the colors and techniques chosen.

Here are a few points about Sisterhood, We Are All Alike Unto God:

  • Primary Colors – This painting is painted mainly in primary colors: red, yellow, blue, and basic white. The red, yellow, blue, and basic white colors run through each panel of the artwork.
  • Gold leafing – The background uses gold leaf, but you also see some blue color coming through the gold leaf. This blue and gold both symbolize heaven.
  • Facing Towards Eachother – you will also notice the women facing each other or the two outer panels facing the center panel. This is to symbolizes love. When you love and care for someone, you look toward and not away from them.
  • Floating – The women have long dresses, and it is like they are almost floating. This sense of floating is a bit like many of the Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock print artists or Chinese artists would use for some women’s dresses.

We would love to hear from you and to hear what you think about this oil painting. If you have any questions or comments about Sisterhood painting, or you want to have a conversation, feel free to contact me, the artist, Anita Louise Hummel, by clicking here. We would love to have you be part of our community and sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

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